Springtime Breakfast Scramble Recipe

Ayurvedic Breakfast ScrambleAlthough I love my oats, groats and porridges in the morning, these meals can be a bit too heavy for me during the lightness of the Spring and Summer seasons.  I really adore this recipe as it is packed with protein, without the heaviness that can sometimes go with this vital nutrient.  In fact, eating this breakfast scramble leaves me feeling light and energized, while sustaining my appetite for quite a bit.  Whether your goal is weight loss or just to eat a bit healthier, this breakfast scramble can be a great addition to your morning routine!   Continue reading »

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Ayurvedic Home Remedies 101: The Ginger Detox Bath

If you are looking to cleanse the system, Ayurveda has countless methods to promote detoxification for both the body and mind.  The Ginger Detox Bath is a great addition to any cleanse, but is equally beneficial to use on a daily basis as well.  This holistic remedy is one of the key svedana or sweating therapies in an Ayurvedic home cleanse and is recommended to be utilized each day before, during and after the program.  Since most disease is caused by toxins in the body, often this therapy is recommended in the lifestyle treatment protocol for healing disorders of all kinds.  Continue reading »

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Five Essential Uses of Castor Oil (that really work!)

Castor Oil Uses and RemediesCastor oil is an age old Ayurvedic remedy with quite a number of beneficial uses.  Although it can seem too good to be true, this thick, sticky oil is not only affordable and easy to obtain, but it is indeed extremely effective as well.  Whether you are suffering from itchy, allergy eyes or something deeper such as an unwanted fibroid or cyst, this versatile oil can come to the rescue, making it an Ayurvedic self-care essential. Continue reading »

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Get Back to the Basics: 9 Simple Guidelines for an Ayurvedic Diet

Ayurvedic Food Combining Chart Although Ayurveda can get a bit complicated at times, I always feel that it is best to keep things simple and stick to the basics.  If you avoid getting lost in all of the information out there, you will discover that finding a healthy Ayurvedic diet doesn’t have to be overly tedious with endless lists of complex food rules and food charts.  Although these can be helpful at times, they can also lead to excessive stress around food, over-analyzation and just utter confusion.  In fact, the stress and frustration created by trying to follow anything to a tee (especially detailed food lists), can be as detrimental as some poor eating habits.  These common dietary turmoils tend to produce paranoia and fear around eating as well. Continue reading »

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Yoga Pose of the Month: Ustrasana (aka Camel Pose)

Ustrasana: Camel PoseThe winter season is often a time of increased Kapha dosha, causing symptoms such as coldness, congestion, depression, stagnation and heaviness.  Therefore it is only fitting to choose a Yoga pose that will help to balance some of these common wintertime Kapha issues.  Ustrasana, translated as camel pose,  is a great choice, as it is well known for its ability to increase circulation, warmth and digestion while removing heaviness and fatigue.  Continue reading »

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Ayurvedic Facial Diagnosis: What are the Lines on your Face Revealing about your Health?

Although they say you should not judge a book by its cover, it is true that you can read a lot into one’s health by examining the lines on their face.  In Ayurveda, facial diagnosis is a common practice and powerful diagnostic tool, just as reading the tongue, nails and pulse.  Often this is done as a complimentary practice to confirm ideas and findings, but also can reveal hidden secrets that may not have been so clear.  By reading the lines on a person’s face, one can reveal current disorders, past history of disorders, or even potential disorders to come.  Since the lines do not tend to appear overnight, these telltale signs are often revealing chronic (long-term) issues such as malabsorption, low liver energy, weakness in the kidneys, adrenal fatigue and even emotional disturbances such as unresolved grief. Continue reading »

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Trikatu Churna: A Traditional Ayurvedic Formula for Weight Loss, Sluggish Digestion and Congestion (aka Kapha Imbalance)

Trikatu Churna is a well known Ayurvedic formula used both as a dietary spice as well as herbal medicine.  Translated, Trikatu is called the “three pungents” (meaning hot or spicy), and of course for very good reason.  Being extremely hot by nature, this formula is often used to stimulate the digestion (Agni) and metabolism, increase circulation, burn toxins, remove congestion, reduce inflammation and treat many respiratory disorders.  Therefore Trikatu is mostly used for Kapha imbalances, and equally avoided for most Pitta disorders.    Continue reading »

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